Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Phil 4:6-7

Monday, March 14, 2011

Daybook...Time Change edition

 Outside my window... 

...dark, and very cold -- below freezing. I feel badly for all the children who will walk to the bus stop, or all the way to school, in the darkness this morning. Stupid time change.

I am thinking...

...about Daylight Savings Time. For the life of me I can't understand why an entire society puts up with changing the time.  I can't help but think that someone robbed me of an hour. I want my hour back!

I am thankful for...

...a weekend spent with my husband and children

...the Holy Mass and a fabulous young priest who preaches about the Catechism

...hot coffee on Monday morning

...lessons learned, all the time

...a Lenten devotional, and the promise of prayers, sent to me by a dear lady I've never met -- what a nice feeling

From the lesson plans...

...new lesson plans, must finish Noah's. He is finishing up the Civil War in history, and working on the circulatory system in science. Faith is doing lots of "growing" science experiments -- we have all sorts of seeds growing in different parts of the house. And this week we will learn about Italy in social studies. More Timez Attack for Faith. I purchased the advanced edition -- it really does work. It should be called Times Tables Without Tears.

From the kitchen...

...Crumb Cake and hot coffee for breakfast. Soft Chicken Tacos for dinner. Mmm.

I am wearing...

...khaki pants, a brown turtleneck, brown haflinger clogs.

I am creating...

...knitting a sweater for Faith -- working on the hood, and a bronze wire-wrapped bracelet for my niece, Rachel.

I am reading...

... Everything is Grace by Joseph Schmidt, FSC, which I read in the early morning, and The Rite, which is good, but I just haven't been good about picking it up. Nothing new here. I really wish I had time to sit and read more, but there is always something that needs to be done. You know the story.

I am hoping...

...that people all over the world will change their ways and seek God instead of this world. I'm working on a plan for my own family.

I am hearing...

...the furnace and nothing else. Blessed silence.

Around the house...

...loads and loads of laundry. I did a good job of ignoring it all weekend -- breaking my own rules.

I am going...

...to really focus on what needs to be done today, and stay off the computer for the most part.

One of my favorite things...

...a fancy date with my husband this past weekend. It's so rare we are alone together.

I am praying for...

...my children, my husband, my niece, several priests and soldiers, all of the babies whose mothers are contemplating abortion this week, and the people of Japan who are cold and hurting. An update on my niece -- an ultrasound unfortunately revealed another tumor in her neck. Her surgery is scheduled for the end of March at Johns Hopkins, and them she will undergo iodine radiation treatment. I know she is scared and anxious to get this show on the road, so I pray that this time spent waiting will be fruitful for her.

A few plans for the rest of the week...

...my college boy has exams this week -- I want to take him a care package. And we will celebrate the feast of St. Patrick on Thursday, but not with green beer.

Thought for the day...

...today's Gospel: am I goat or sheep?

Jesus said to his disciples:
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory,
and all the angels with him,
he will sit upon his glorious throne,
and all the nations will be assembled before him.
And he will separate them one from another,
as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.
He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
Then the king will say to those on his right,
‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father.
Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
For I was hungry and you gave me food,
I was thirsty and you gave me drink,
a stranger and you welcomed me,
naked and you clothed me,
ill and you cared for me,
in prison and you visited me.’
Then the righteous will answer him and say,
‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you,
or thirsty and give you drink?
When did we see you a stranger and welcome you,
or naked and clothe you?
When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’
And the king will say to them in reply,
‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did
for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’
Then he will say to those on his left,
‘Depart from me, you accursed,
into the eternal fire prepared for the Devil and his angels.
For I was hungry and you gave me no food,
I was thirsty and you gave me no drink,
a stranger and you gave me no welcome,
naked and you gave me no clothing,
ill and in prison, and you did not care for me.’
Then they will answer and say,
‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty
or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison,
and not minister to your needs?’
He will answer them, ‘Amen, I say to you,
what you did not do for one of these least ones,
you did not do for me.’
And these will go off to eternal punishment,
but the righteous to eternal life.”
 Mt 25:31-46



  1. Wait....kids WALK to the bus stop or school? Here in HOTlanta, if the weather is the least bit cold or rainy, they're driven to the bus stop where the parents sit with them in the cars. You guys are so mean.

    Totally just kidding about that! I always tell my kids when we drive by...if you rode the bus to school, I would NOT be driving you to the bus stop in the rain. Wear a raincoat and carry an umbrella, or dress appropriately for the cold. Sheesh.

  2. Here in the 'burbs, Sara, there are quite a few soft kids, or should I say soft parents. In the city, however, life is more tough. It's usually for the city kids that the schools call off when it's icy -- because those kids have to walk. I must say though, there are a lot of middle school kids who walk in our neighborhood, and parents walk with elementary school kids -- at least on nice days.

  3. More prayers for your niece. She's proven to be quite the trooper already!

    Baaaaaaa! Baaaaaaaa!

  4. ditto your thoughts on the time change.. i'd be willing to start a committee to stop the whole nonsense! the only benefit was that we actually got out for some play at the park.
    although i am surprised we all don't have indigestion from eating dinner so late!
    still praying for your niece.
    what a battle.
    i enjoyed this day book...you are such a dear soul. wishing you a blessed lent, sweet barb.

  5. Thanks, Sarah. And for the Baaaa, too! I laughed out loud.

    Thanks sweet, r. Been thinking about you.

  6. Praying for Rachel. Thank you for the update.


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